Statement of a problem № 10510


Your car is traveling behind a jeep. Both are moving at the same speed, so the velocity of the jeep relative to you is zero. A spare tire is strapped to the back of the jeep. Suddenly the strap breaks, and the tire falls off the jeep. Will your car hit the spare tire before the tire hits the road? Assume that air resistance is absent. (a) Yes. As long as the car doesn t slow down, it will hit the tire. (b) No. The car will not hit the tire before the tire hits the ground, no matter how close you are to the jeep. (c) If the tire falls from a great enough height, the car will hit the tire. (d) If the car is far enough behind the jeep, the car will not hit the tire?

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